Candidate Without a Prayer.

Author:Grath, Pamela
Position:Book review

Herb Silverman (author); CANDIDATE WITHOUT A PRAYER; Pitchstone Publishing (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) 22.95 ISBN: 9780984493289

Byline: Pamela Grath

Herb Silverman is one of the most congenial atheists anyone could ever want to meet. Atheists have a reputation for being abrasive, pugnacious, and scornful. But Silverman isn't like that at all. He's a breath of fresh air.

Candidate Without a Prayer tells Silverman's life story, from his Orthodox Jewish boyhood through the study of mathematics and his eventual campaign for governor of South Carolina, a campaign he never expected to win. He ran for office only because the state constitution said that anyone who denied the existence of "the Supreme Being" was ineligible for public office -- atheist, agnostic, or Buddhist. As an avowed atheist, Silverman was, in fact, the only person ever rejected in his bid to become certified as a notary public. He was finally granted an official notary certificate -- seven years later!

Silverman opens his biography with a joke, and it's clear that his sense of humor never falters. A shy and near-silent boy, he found his voice as a college professor of mathematics and in public debates, finally coming "out of the closet" as an atheist. He doesn't start arguments, he says, but when challenged (and he is often challenged) he meets the challenge with courtesy, relish, and wit.

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